Information on how to properly care for your hardwood floors.
Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Fantastic
Hardwood floors can last a lifetime. But that doesn’t mean they will continue to look great for years to come if you do not take care of them properly. While not difficult to maintain, hardwood floors do need some TLC in order to keep their luster and shine. Keep your floors looking as good in 20 years as they do right now with these simple hardwood care tips:
Keep Those Floors Clean!
Hardwood maintenance tip #1: Never let dirt build up on hardwood floors – it is your flooring’s worst enemy. Dirt acts like sandpaper and will scratch, gouge and dull the surface with every step you take. Go barefoot as much as you can and avoid wearing high heeled shoes an cleats on hardwood. Most importantly, sweep daily to prevent dulling dirt buildup.
Keep Those Floors Dry!
Next to dirt, liquid may be hardwood’s worst enemy. Whether it is a spilled drink or a pet’s tinkle mess, be sure to absorb liquid from hardwood as quickly as possible. Disposable diapers work really well at absorbing all kinds of liquid messes. They act like a wick and pull the moisture into the diaper and away from the surface faster than a towel.
Watch for Scratches
Nothing takes away from the look of hardwood than scratches. Keep scratches at bay by:
- Keeping pets nails clipped regularly
- Using felt pads when moving furniture
- Using protective measures when moving heavy appliances
- Keeping kids toys to carpeted areas of the house
- Use area rugs in high traffic areas
Removing Scuffs and Scratches
No matter how hard you try to keep your floors looking pristine, the odds are good you will eventually notice some scuffs and scratches on those hardwoods. Don’t panic. The nice thing about hardwood flooring is that is can be easily treated with a little wood floor cleaner. In most cases, small marks will lift right up. In the event your floors are looking tired and worn, you can consider sanding and re-staining them.
Wood is an easy-care flooring material and really only needs a little attention to keep looking great. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations (when known) for the proper care of your hardwood floors. You can get that information from your wood floor installer/retailer.